I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
He lived in the best neighborhood. He owned the best house, drove the finest car, and his kids were perfect. And it got to the point, I hated to see him coming.
Do you — or have you known someone like that? Always boasting. Let’s face it, some people weren’t blessed with the humility gene. Oh, and I forgot to mention. He went to the best church, had the best pastor, and belonged to the ONLY right denomination.
Okay. We all do it once in a while. It’s hard not to tout the praises of our grandkids. But most of us know bragging isn’t appropriate behavior for a Christian. However, it’s always acceptable — even encouraged — to boast about the Lord.
Even the act of becoming a Christian is no cause for boasting in self. Years ago, through the Evangelism Explosion program, Ephesians 5:8-9 made a huge impression on me. Especially the last line.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
There’s nothing to boast about because salvation is not based on our performance. God loved and gave His Son for us. It was the Lord’s work that made eternal life possible. His gift – His love – His sacrifice.
So if we’re to do any boasting, let it be about the wonders of God — which brings us back to our focus text. Paul wants us to open that precious gift from the Lord and take a close look at the magnificence of what we have received.
Extra insight into God’s gift was so important to the Apostle that he made it a subject of prayer. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…” What the Lord has given you is more than you know. It’s so great you need His help to understand and appreciate it. You’ll need more than head knowledge. You require heart knowledge.
In particular, Paul wants you to know “… the hope to which he has called you…” God’s hope is not any normal expectation that might or might not happen. It’s a done deal.
√ Saved by grace. Done!
√ Filled with the Spirit. Done!
√ Sealed for redemption. Done!
√ Heavenly home. Done!
√ 24-7 access to God. Done!
And the Apostle is concerned that we grasp “… the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…” We are heirs because we are His children. And we are holy, again not due to anything we have done, but because of the One to whom we belong.
Yes, Paul used the word “riches.” This is the wealth you can boast about (Matthew 16:19-21) that is stored for you in heaven and available forever.
Even if you had a rich relative on this earth who left you all their worldly possessions, in time you would either deplete those resources or bequeath them to someone else. The adage, “You can’t take it with you,” applies. However, your rich inheritance from God will always be yours to use, and it can never be exhausted or given away. It’s yours to keep for now and forever.
Even now while living on earth, the Lord allows frequent withdrawals, but you never have to worry about your account running low.
So how do you gain this deep understanding of your hope and inheritance in Christ? Pray for God to reveal it to you. Study His word consistently and apply the principles you learn to your life.
Take inventory of your rich inheritance in Christ. It’s so amazing you’ll want to boast about it.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Christ in You, The Hope of Glory
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.